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AC/DC Singer, Bassist To Headline RED CROSS Benefit Event

AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams will headline a benefit concert in Florida that could bring in more than $100,000 for the American Red Cross and its efforts to help replace the things Hurricane Charley blew away, according to the Naples Daily News. The concert, which will take place on September 10 ...

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TOMMY LEE To Star In New Reality TV Series

The Futon Critic is reporting that former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will be the focus of NBC TV's latest reality entry, a half-hour unscripted comedy in which Lee will enroll in college with cameras following his every move (as first reported here on August 22). Eddie October ("Bands Reunited", "Wanda Does It") ...

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BERNIE MARSDEN To Launch New Solo Project In The Fall

Former WHITESNAKE and current M3 guitarist Bernie Marsden has posted the following message on his official web site: "This year has been interesting to say the least. The new [Bernie Marsden] solo project is ready for release in the autumn. It features Jimmy Copley on drums, John Gordon on bass and Dino Baptiste on keyboards. ...

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DIAMOND HEAD Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Reunited NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends DIAMOND HEAD have amicably parted ways with singer Sean Harris due to musical differences. A replacement singer has already been acquired in the shape of Nick Tart. "Nick has re-energized the band with his phenomenal voice and fresh songwriting input," reads an official press release. A ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Guitarist Sidelined By Hand Injury

Former IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton suffered an "unfortunate accident" at a recent gig and will be unable to play guitar for the foreseeable future, according to a posting on the web site of Stratton's THE DENIAL bandmate, ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins. Stratton "suffered damage to his right hand when a speaker unit ...

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'West Memphis Three' Anthology: Launch Party Scheduled

Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", featuring a contribution by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, will have its official launch concert/party on October 14 at Club Rockit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A dealer will be set up at ...

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THOR Voted One Of Top Frontmen Of All Time

Canadian heavy metal legend THOR (a.k.a. Jon Mikl Thor) was voted one of the top 100 frontmen of all time by England's Classic Rock magazine. Thor reportedly defeated the likes of Courtney Love, Bret Michaels and Suzi Quatro. Other legends on the list included Ozzy Osbourne, Freddie Mercury, Steven Tyler and Jim Morrison. Topping the ...

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MNEMIC To Go 'Three-Dimensional' On Upcoming CD

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have announced that their upcoming sophomore album, "The Audio Injected Soul", will contain three-dimensional sounds. Being the first band in the world to work with this new technology, some of the sounds featured on the album have been ...

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PENANCE Begin Writing New Material

Long-running doom metal band PENANCE have begun writing the follow-up to last year's "Spiritualnatural". "So far some very cool riffs and ideas have come in so we'll see what transpires going from riffs and song skeletons to the fully fleshed out versions," stated vocalist Brian Balich. "I know we're all excited to be creative and ...

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SHADOWS FALL: Fan Death At Florida Concert?

SHADOWS FALL singer Brian Fair reportedly revealed at the group's New Orleans show on Thursday (July 29) that a fan passed away at the St. Petersburg concert the night before. The band dedicated the song "The Art of Balance" to him and his family. No further information is currently available. SHADOWS FALL's new album, "The ...

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WINTER SOLSTICE Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Virginia-based metalcore act WINTER SOLSTICE have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's most recent EP was recorded at Cloud City Studios (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, WALLS OF JERICHO) by Mike Hasty of WALLS OF JERICHO in January 2004. The band will head back to Cloud City Studios in Detroit, MI in October ...

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MNEMIC Joined By FEAR FACTORY Singer At Germany's EARTHSHAKER Festival: Photos Available

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, were joined by FEAR FACTORY singer Burton C. Bell for a special cover version of FEAR FACTORY's "Self Bias Resistor" during MNEMIC's appearance at the Earthshaker festival this past weekend in Geiselwind, Germany. Check put pictures at

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PRIMUS, SHOTGUN MESSIAH Members Guest On New TOM WAITS CD

PRIMUS' Les Claypool (bass) and Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums) and SHOTGUN MESSIAH's Harry Cody (guitar, banjo) are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TOM WAITS studio album, "Real Gone", due October 5 through Epitaph's Anti- Records label, according to Billboard.com. "Real Gone" will be the follow-up to the simultaneously released 2002 concept albums ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Tour Journal Updated

QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton has updated his "tour journal" with several lengthy entries from the band's most recent European run. Check it out here. In related news, world-class singer Pamela Moore, best known for her vocal part as "Sister Mary" on QUEENSRŸCHE's classic, multi-platinum album "Operation Mindcrime", has put out a short collection ...

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MNEMIC Finalize Release Date, Track Listing For New CD

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have set a September 27 release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their sophomore album, "The Audio Injected Soul". The follow-up to last year's "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" was recorded at AntFarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue ...

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FU MANCHU Name New Album

FU MANCHU have set "Start the Machine" as the title of their follow-up to 2002's "California Crossing" (Mammoth), due on September 14 through DRT Entertainment. The LP, which was recently completed with producer Brian Joseph Dobbs (VOIVOD, MANMADEGOD, DEATH ANGEL), will mark the group's first release for DRT, the independent label founded last year by ...

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Former 25 TA LIFE, BLITZSPEER Members Join Forces In RESURGE

Former 25 TA LIFE bassist Dave Urban has joined forces with ex-BLITZSPEER drummer Brian Essing in a new project called RESURGE. The band are currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on their four-song EP with recording and mix engineer Darrel Herbert (former guitarist of THE TOADIES). RESURGE, whose lineup is completed by vocalist/bassist ...

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MNEMIC Name New Album

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have set "The Audio Injected Soul" as the title of their sophomore album. The follow-up to last year's "Mechanical Spin Phenomena" is being recorded at AntFarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen and is said to ...

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FU MANCHU Set Release Date For New Album

FU MANCHU have set a September 14 release date through DRT Entertainment for their follow-up to 2002's "California Crossing" (Mammoth). The LP, which was recently completed with producer Brian Joseph Dobbs (VOIVOD, MANMADEGOD, DEATH ANGEL), will mark the group's first release for DRT, the independent label founded last year by senior music industry executives Derek ...

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DEICIDE Re-Sign With EARACHE RECORDS

Legendary Florida death metal band DEICIDE have re-signed with Earache Records for a worldwide two-album deal. After witnessing Earache's results with "Scars Of The Crucifix", the band have decided to extend their relationship with the label for two more albums. Since DEICIDE originally signed with Earache in 2003 for "Scars Of The Crucifix", the band ...

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